By A. E. Housman
A. E. Housman used to be one of many best-loved poets of his day, whose poems conjure up a powerful and idyllic rural international imbued with a poignant feel of loss. they're expressed in uncomplicated rhythms, but convey an excellent ear for the subtleties of metre and alliteration. His scope is broad -- starting from non secular doubt to excessive nostalgia for the nation-state. This quantity brings jointly 'A Shropshire Lad' (1896) and 'Last Poems' (1922), besides the posthumous choices 'More Poems' and 'Additional Poems', and 3 translations of extracts from Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides that reveal his mastery of Classical literature.
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